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  • Japan economy shaky as island spat hits business Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:51 AM ET

    But the high-pitched row between Beijing and Tokyo over their ownership is exacting a growing toll on Japan, threatening to send its recovery from last year's disasters into reverse.

  • 11 EU countries agree to financial transaction tax Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:49 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG-- European Union finance ministers grappled Tuesday with how to support their struggling banks and ensure that failing financial institutions don't have the power to drag down entire countries with them.

  • Cytec to sell coating resins business for $1.03B Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:46 AM ET

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J.-- Chemical coating maker Cytec Industries Inc. said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its coating resins business to private equity firm Advent International for $1.03 billion.

  • Destination Maternity 4Q revenue tops Street Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:33 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA-- Destination Maternity said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue dipped slightly, but the results still managed to beat Wall Street's expectations. Destination Maternity said that its quarterly revenue fell less than 1 percent to $128.5 million.

  • Survey: Small biz owners growing more pessimistic Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Small business owners are growing more pessimistic. A survey released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that owners became more pessimistic during September as employment and sales remained weak. The NFIB's index of owner optimism fell 0.1 point to 92.8.

  • Stanley Black & Decker selling unit for $1.4B Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:25 AM ET

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn.-- Tool maker Stanley Black& Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home-improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash. Stanley Black& Decker, which is based in New Britain Conn., said the sale is part of its ongoing strategy to diversify its revenue and geographic reach.

  • World stocks stall after Asian session Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:21 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM-- World stock markets mostly declined Tuesday against a backdrop of worries about global economic growth and Europe's debt crisis. Meanwhile, comments by the International Monetary Fund on the global economy "provide a gloomy backdrop" for the day, said Monument Securities analyst Marc Ostwald.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Alcoa Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Alcoa Inc. may set the stage for what's expected to be a disappointing earnings season when it reports third-quarter results Tuesday after the markets close. Alcoa's net income equaled 15 cents a share in the third quarter of 2011.. Alcoa faces challenges from a slowdown in global manufacturing.

  • Sears expects $346.5M in proceeds from offering Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:51 AM ET

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-- Sears anticipates that it will receive about $346.5 million in gross proceeds from a rights offering related to the spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet stores. Sears Holdings Corp. had signaled in February that it would split off the companies as a separate publicly traded entity.

  • Greek borrowing costs dip in $1.7B T-bill auction Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:19 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- Greece's debt management agency says the country's short-term borrowing costs have inched down in a new treasury bill auction that raised 1.3 billion.

  • Major Russian phone operator to go public Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:39 AM ET

    MOSCOW-- Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator MegaFon says it will go public in London and Moscow in November. MegaFon, the last of Russia's big three mobile company to hold an IPO, said on Tuesday in a regulatory filing that it would sell an unspecified amount of stock at Moscow's MICEX and the London Stock Exchange by year-end.

  • Draghi: Europe needs single bank bailout fund Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:38 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, German-- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is urging eurozone leaders to move ahead quickly and put the ECB in charge of supervising banks _ a key step in overcoming the continent's crisis over too much government debt.

  • Hacked UK police blogger wins damages from Times Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:18 AM ET

    LONDON-- A police blogger unmasked after the Times of London hacked his email has been awarded 42,500 pounds in damages from the newspaper's publisher. Rupert Murdoch's News International, which publishes the Times, said Tuesday it had agreed to pay damages and legal costs for Richard Horton.

  • World stocks stall amid global growth warnings Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:12 AM ET

    A day before, the World Bank issued a warning about a slackening expansion in Asia. Britain's FTSE 100 fell more than 0.2 percent to 5,827.72. The picture was not as bleak in Asia, where stock market performance was mixed.

  • IEA optimistic about future of Iraq oil industry Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:03 AM ET

    The International Energy Agency predicted Tuesday that Iraq will consolidate its position as a global oil power _ allowing it to rebuild the economy of a nation ravaged by war and decades of Saddam Hussein's autocratic rule.

  • French lawmakers to vote on European fiscal treaty Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:59 AM ET

    PARIS-- French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to ratify a European fiscal treaty that would impose harsher penalties for countries that overspend. The treaty passed the National Assembly by 477-70 on Tuesday _ with expected opposition coming from some on the left, including in President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party.

  • Spanish bond rate edges up after IMF report Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:55 AM ET

    MADRID-- The interest rate demanded by investors for Spain's benchmark 10- year bonds is edging back up in the wake of the International Monetary Fund's forecast that the Spanish economy will contract by 1.3 percent next year, more than double its previous predictions.

  • TNK-BP's Russian shareholders may sell out Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:46 AM ET

    MOSCOW-- BP's billionaire Russian partners in TNK-BP indicated on Tuesday that they are considering selling their stake in the oil joint venture or disposing of it through an IPO. Moscow- based TNK-BP is jointly owned by BP and AAR, a group of Russian billionaire shareholders.

  • Banking union proving thorny issue for EU Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:33 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG-- European Union finance ministers grappled Tuesday with how to support their struggling banks and ensure that failing financial institutions don't have the power to drag down entire countries with them.

  • UN says world hungry not 1 billion after all Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:12 AM ET

    ROME-- The United Nations said Tuesday its 2009 headline-grabbing announcement that 1 billion people in the world were hungry was off-target and that the number is actually more like 870 million.